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John DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor


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John DE SOMERVILL of Wychnor

  • Born: Wychnor, Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England
  • Married:
  • Died: Shortly before 6 Jan 1279/80

  Also called John DE SUMERVILL and John DE SOMERVILLE

  General Notes:

compiler's 24 x great grandfather

  Research Notes:

Warw. John de Somervill claimed the advowson of the Church of Stocton, against the Prior of Hertford and Isabel de Somervill, inasmuch as one Matilda de Somervill, the grandmother of John, whose heir he is, and who held the manor of Stocton in dower of the gift of Roger de Somervill, the grandfather of John, had presented one Magister Philip to the Church, who had died parson of it.

The Prior stated the presentation belonged to him, and that Magister Philip had been presented by his predecessor William, and afterwards, on the arrival of Otto, the Legate, Philip had resigned the Church, and the Prior had then presented the same Philip to the Church who had been admitted and instituted. He stated also that Roger de Somervill, the father of John, had arraigned an assize of last presentation against the said Prior at Northampton, and it was then acknowledged that the Prior had made the last presentation. A verdict is found for the Prior. m. 29, dorso. 1


  • December 1245

To the sheriff of Staffordshire. The king has taken the homage of John, son and heir of Roger de Somerville, for all the lands and tenements which Roger held of the king in chief in his bailiwick. Order that, having accepted security from John for rendering 25s. for his relief to the king, he is to cause him to have full seisin of all the lands and tenements of which Roger was seised as of fee on the day he died in his bailiwick and which fall to John by hereditary right.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 30 Hen. III, 66


  • Feet of Fines:

Date: Ivelcester, 1st July, 1249.
Complainant: William de Meysham and John de Sumervill.
Tenant or Deforciant: William de Ferars, Earl of Derby.
Subject of Fine, and Result: Four bovates of land in Barthon. William and John remit all claim, for which the Earl gave them 20 marks. 2


  • 22 Aug 1256

John de Sumervill of Warwickshire has made fine with the king by half a mark of gold for having respite from his knighthood until the immediate St. Edward which he will pay at the aforesaid feast. Order to the sheriff of Warwickshire to take etc. Afterwards he paid that half a mark of gold to Artald de Sancto Romano and is quit.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 40 Hen. III, 971


  • After 18 Oct 1268, Warwickshire

John de Somervill’ and William Kelbe give one mark for a jury to be taken before Robert de Briwes. Order to the sheriff of Warwickshire.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 52 Hen. III, 799


Inquisition Post Mortem

368. John de Somervill

Mandate from R. de Sandwico, the king's steward, to the sheriff of Stafford, reciting writ of 6 Jan. 8 Edw. I. [1279/80]

Stafford. Inq. (undated.)

Alrewas. The manor, held of the king in chief, doing service of ¼ knight's fee and rendering 15l. yearly at the king's exchequer, and worth 4l. more yearly.
Wycchenore and Syrescote. The manor (extent given) held of the honour of Tutteburi by service of 2 knights' fees of the fees of Mortain.
Tonstall and Neubold, viz.—a messuage, 2 carucates land, 42s. 10d. rent, 40s. of villeins' aid, and pleas and perquisites of courts, held of the honour of Totteburi by service of ¼ knight's fee.
Curborud. 1 virgate land held of the bishop of Coventre and Lych[feld] for two suits at the court of Lych[feld] yearly.

John his son, aged 25 and more, is his next heir.

C. Edw. I. File 25. (13.) 3

  Marriage Information:

John married...


1 British History Online, Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, 1244-50, citing Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 4.

2 British History Online, Feet of Fines: Henry III (1247-72), citing Staffordshire Historical Collections, Vol. 4..

3 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents, preserved in the Public Record Office, Vol. II, Edward I, p.205

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